Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama
BEST ACTOR MOTION PICTURE DRAMA
BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE ‑ DRAMA
JOAQUIN PHOENIX ‑ “JOKER”
JOAQUIN PHOENIX: Hi. First I’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing and acknowledging the link between animal, agriculture, and climate change.
It is a very bold move making tonight plant‑based, and it really sends a powerful message.
To my fellow nominees, we all know there’s no (expletive) competition between us. It’s like this thing that is created to sell advertisements for the TV show. I’m inspired by you. I’m your (expletive) student. I just ‑‑ I can’t believe the beautiful, mesmerizing, unique work that you’ve all done this year. And I know people say this, but I really do feel honored to be mentioned with you. Some of you, I’ve reached out to personally. Some, I’m still a little too intimidated by, even though we share the same agent. Hi, Christian. You’re not here, but ‑‑
And, Todd, you were such an amazing friend and collaborator, and you convinced me to do this movie and you encouraged me to give everything and to be sincere. And I’m such a pain in the ass. I cannot believe you put up with me. I’m so indebted to you. Rooney. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t want to rock the boat, but the boat is (expletive) rocked.
And there are ‑‑ it’s really nice that so many people have come up and send ‑‑ sent their well wishes to Australia. But we have to do more than that, right? And such a beautiful gesture.
And I have not always been a virtuous man. I’m learning so much. And so many of you in this room have given me multiple opportunities to try to get it right, and I’m deeply grateful. But I think together, hopefully, we can be unified and actually make some changes. It’s great to vote, but sometimes we have to take that responsibility on ourselves and make changes and sacrifices in our own lives and hope that we can do that. We don’t have to take private jets to Palm Springs for the awards sometimes, or back, please. And I’ll try to do better, and I hope you will too. Thank you so much for putting up with me. I’m so grateful for this night and all of you. Thank you.
JOAQUIN PHOENIX: Hi. How are you all doing? No, no. I'm just asking, how are you doing? Good. I didn't know that I was coming up here just now. They tricked me. I'm not kidding. He was going to take this picture in this room. I should be in here. So hi, here I am. So are you a part of this? So what's going on? QUESTION: Joaquin, the movie obviously is about the Joker, but it goes beyond that. It's about the mental state he was in. Can you tell me a little bit about research and what kind of what you did to prepare for this? Because this was really an intense performance. What was kind of the process of getting into that mindset? JOAQUIN PHOENIX: Isn't this old news? Isn't this old news? I feel like I've talked about this for six months. I mean, right? I feel like I've answered these questions. Do you want me to answer it? Do you want me to get into a different version of it, change it slightly, or what should I do? QUESTION: Sure? JOAQUIN PHOENIX: Okay. Well, it was a long process. I think the way that I worked on this was quite erratic. I didn't attack it linearly. I think I was most curious about the medications that he was taking and the effects, the side effects of those medications. That led us towards realizing that we had to have this wild fluctuation in weight. So that was something I don't think was expected until I kind of dug into understanding the medication and the side effects of what he was taking. So that was the beginning. I read several books about political assassins that share a similar personality type to what I ultimately come to find Arthur with. I'm not going to say what they are because I think those people have got enough attention. So I'd rather not mention them by name, the men that I studied that I based the character from. There's probably so many other things I just can't remember right now, but I feel like I already answered this question several months ago. Thanks for asking. QUESTION: Hey, congratulations. A lot of the praise of the film is sort of the varying input on the intellectual property. Obviously, this talk has been going on for two months now. Do you think that undermines the impression of the film, and where is the character going with that? JOAQUIN PHOENIX: What do you mean? Why? QUESTION: I think there are some things, sort of just predictable that might undermine the exact reason why the film is so unique. JOAQUIN PHOENIX: It was awesome, whoever says it. I don't think that I've ever done too many predictable things. So if that came up, it's not because we are tolerant of following some rule book. It's because we feel inspired again to explore the character more thoroughly. I mean, the only reason for me to do it so far. QUESTION: Congratulations. JOAQUIN PHOENIX: Have you guys been here all night, sitting in here? QUESTION: Yes. JOAQUIN PHOENIX: Is it all right? Are you bored? Do they bring you food? Do you have drinks? No? Nothing? You got some food? Okay. There's more space in here than there was in there. So I'm not kidding. So you are doing all right. QUESTION: Congratulations. Speaking of the food, how was the food inside, and what did it mean to you they went vegan for tonight? JOAQUIN PHOENIX: It was the first time I've ever eaten food at this ceremony. I thought it was excellent. I was so moved by the decision to make tonight plant-based. It was such an important step. The SAG awards and Critics' Choice awards, the Governors Ball and whatever else there is needs to do it as well. That is a very important statement. And agriculture is the third leading cause of climate change. It uses 70 percent of the water. It pollutes the most water. The statistics are staggering. And I think we are coming to the point now where the evidence is irrefutable and undeniable. We are where we realize how poisonous tobacco was and secondhand smoking, that made it illegal to smoke in public places. I think now consuming animal products is no longer just a personal choice. It is having a drastic and vast consequence on the rest of the world and all of us. And so I think that it was terribly brave and compassionate of HFPA to make that bold decision. I really commend them for that. I've never been so proud to attend an awards ceremony as I am tonight. And thank you so much for asking that question. My hostess is telling me I need to go home. Thank you. Thank you very much.